WaPo: “U.S. embassy cables warned against expelling 300,000 immigrants. Trump officials did it anyway.”

Washington, DC – This evening, Washington Post’s Nick Miroff, Seung Min Kim and Joshua Partlow report that, despite warnings from experts contained in U.S. embassy cables, the Trump administration ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 300,000 immigrants. These decisions are aimed at expelling legal immigrants with deep family, business, work and community ties in America. The main factor that is supposed to be used in determining TPS country conditions.

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 5.57.01 PM.pngIn the past six months, the Trump administration has moved to expel more than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living and working legally in the United States, disregarding senior U.S. diplomats who warned that mass deportations could destabilize the region and trigger a new surge of illegal immigration….

The cables’ contents, which have not been previously disclosed, reveal career diplomats’ strong opposition to terminating the immigrants’ provisional residency, known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and the possible deportation of hundreds of thousands of people to some of the poorest and most violent places in the Americas.

The following is a response by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund:

>This is the smoking gun. Under law, the Trump administration is supposed to carefully consider country conditions to determine whether to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to nationals of designated countries such as El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras. The Washington Post story captures the fact that senior officials in the Trump administration – namely, Chief of Staff John Kelly, White House Advisor Stephen Miller, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen – deliberately ignored recommendations from American diplomats with deep knowledge of country

This shows that the Trump administration will stop at nothing to drive immigrants out of the country – in defiance of common sense and basic decency. These TPS terminations are contrary to the statutory framework established by Congress, contrary to our interest in the stability of nations in our neighborhood, and contrary to our expressed desire to reduce unauthorized immigration.

The top officials have some explaining to do. Congress should hold them to account for ignoring the law and manipulating the process to get to a predetermined decision. Voters should hold this administration and the Republican members of Congress who coddle them to account for their radicalism, starting this year. And those of us who can, should make sure that history judges these officials harshly for acting with cruelty on a massive scale.

It’s clear these officials are more interested in attending to the emotions of an angry man than in advancing the values of our nation. America is better than this.

Read the full article here.


3 thoughts on “WaPo: “U.S. embassy cables warned against expelling 300,000 immigrants. Trump officials did it anyway.”

  1. Actions by your President and Immigration officials are putting unnecessary strains on Canada’s immigration and refugee system as well as on our social services as thousands of “refugee” claimants are entering Canada from the USA by walking through our undefended border at unofficial border crossings every month claiming to be refugees from the USA. This has been going on for over a year now.

    Canadian government Ministers made it clear this week that persons claiming to be refugees from the USA must, like all refugees, demonstrate they are being persecuted in accordance with UN guidelines. They must prove they need Canada’s protection to keep them safe. https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/05/07/federal-immigration-minister-warns-seeking-asylum-in-canada-is-no-free-ticket.html

    There is no “free ticket” into Canada from the USA. We are an independent but small nation Nation with our own immigration rules that allow us to accept from 300,000 to 400,000 new legal immigrants and refugees annually.

    Close to 90% of refugee claims made by persons coming to Canada from the USA are being rejected and claimants deported either back to the USA or to their home country. These have included many thousands of Nigerians granted Visas to enter the USA by American officials and who, within weeks, head for Canada. Canada has hired and trained more Immigration adjudicators to ensure all refugee claims can be heard within Canada a few weeks after from the USA.

    Canada also took in many Haitians to rescue them at the time of the earthquake. Unlike the USA, we screened all these at the beginning of their stay in Canada and told most that they would need to go back after they had recovered from medical or other problems they were having and that they could apply for immigration on their return to Haiti. We had no issue returning these rescued persons back home because they never worked in Canada. We supported them with social service assistance to pay for food, housing, clothing and medicare services while they were here temporarily. They knew from the beginning they could not expect to settle here and when the emergency came to an end, they were returned without any fuss. Rescued persons with family already in Canada could get expedited processing on compassionate grounds due to the emergency. A few also made successful refugee claims. If American Temporary Protected Status individuals try to come into Canada, they will, unfortunately, likely be returned to the USA.

    Some of us are fighting to get rid of the designation of the USA as a safe country for refugees to make it easier for refugees to pass through the US to claim refugee status here. However, there is little evidence that most persons claiming to be refugees from the USA are being tortured or persecuted or that the USA is failing to provide protection from persecution for most of these individuals who are now claiming to be US refugees. Unless they are real refugees prosecuted within the USA which most are not, these claimants must be made aware that will be returned back to the USA within weeks of arriving in Canada. The USA will then likely hold them in detention until deportation. My heart goes out to those victimized by the US system being so broken and that the Trump administration’s deportations will result in so many people being deported.

    1. wow – Denis your comment – a worthy article in and of itself. We do not see this information here./ Thanks you…

  2. I know the American press, which I follow from across the border, does not carry news on the many consequences of the Trump administration outside the USA. I felt it important to advise your readers that Canadian immigration law has not changed despite the erratic behaviour of the US’s current administration, given the thousands that are now seeking refuge in Canada and being deported back to the USA (or worse).

    For anyone who wants real information about how the Canadian immigration and refugee system works, start here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/immigration-citizenship.html

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